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Oven Baked Chicken

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Oven baked chicken is one of the laziest dinners we make in our house and is also one of the most economical and versatile! There is something to be said for making a simple meal that impresses people more than you think it should. We love to show people how easy it can be to make food that tastes absolutely more delicious than it should with what little effort you put in. I am amazed at how much flavor this recipe packs and how the whole family looks forward to it each time we make it. With a side of potatoes and steamed veggies it is a hearty and healthy meal that can be done with minimal attention during the process!

This is a simple oven baked chicken recipe that requires cutting a whole chicken down the breast side, flattening it then sprinkling with seasoning, covering with foil and baking. Not the easiest one we have shared but not the most difficult either. It is a great way to make more than one meal out of a whole chicken without wasting much. We will usually bake the chicken and eat it the first night with a side of rice or potatoes and veggies then eat the remaining meat for lunch or dinner the next day. When it is all done we will make a stock out of the bones either straight away or at a later time by saving the carcass in the freezer with the ends of onions, carrots and celery in the same container. This way when it is time we can just dump everything in the Instant Pot and let it cook! The stock or broth is great or everything from soups to making gravy or using as the liquid for cooking rice or veggies. Using a little broth in place of water for cooking many things can take the flavor up a bit and adds nutrients to your dishes as well!

It can sometimes feel like a chore to eat healthy and we are here to show you that it doesn’t have to be! Finding recipes that work for your taste and eating what makes your mind and body feel good in the moment (candy cravings, I am looking at you….) can be a good thing too! We all have unique situations and goals for ourselves which are important to follow. At the same time stressing about what we eat excessively is not healthy and can cause issues on it’s own. I recently wrote an article on The Liminal Network about my opinions on this, feel free to check it out!

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Roasting a chicken in the oven is great for a family dinner or to have leftovers for the next few days!
Oven Baked Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 60-90 minutes
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken (about 5 lbs)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped roughly)
  • 1 small lemon (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder (mild-medium)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 60-90 minutes
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken (about 5 lbs)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped roughly)
  • 1 small lemon (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder (mild-medium)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
Oven Baked Chicken
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Rinse chicken, remove giblets and drain liquid from cavity
  3. Cut chicken in half on the breast side, leave spine intact
  4. Combine garlic powder, paprika, chili powder and turmeric in a small bowl, mix gently with fork until combined
  5. Sprinkle seasoning evenly on both sides
  6. Place in a 9"x13" glass baking pan, skin/spine side up, completely flattened
  7. Quarter your lemon and onion, squeeze lemon juice from wedges over chicken
  8. Place onions and lemon wedges under the chicken, place a few onions on the chicken if you wish
  9. Bake covered with foil (sealing it around the edges of the baking pan) for at least 1 hr, then check.
  10. Uncover and cook additionally until finished, checking every 15 minutes.
  11. Check with a meat thermometer and when thickest part is at 165 degrees Fahrenheit/75 Celsius it is safe to eat